Our first school magazine was published during Rev. Wilkin’s period as principal.
Before taking over Richmond College, he served as the first principal of Wesley College from 1873 to 1887. Therefore, when he assumed duties at Richmond in 1882, he was already well experienced in administering a school.
During his period, the syllabuses were expanded substantially, and the children were trained to sit, first the Culcutta University examinations, and in 1884 the Cambridge examinations. He also added shorthand and woodwork to the school curriculum.
He was also responsible in providing new facilities to the hostel. A new dormitory and hall were constructed during his time.
Rev. Wilkin was born in England on 14th February, 1849. He entered the Church in 1873, and arrived in Sri Lanka on 25th October of the same year.
He left for England in April, 1888, and died on 19th January, 1913.